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Bastions Park

Challenge a chess master, see monuments to the leaders of the Protestant Reformation or simply stroll along the tree-lined pathways of Geneva’s first public park.

Head to Bastions Park to experience Geneva at its most relaxed. This park features wide-open spaces and more than 50 varieties of rare trees. Rest on a park bench with some fine local chocolate and enjoy the passing parade of families, couples and rollerbladers. Look out for statues of notable characters from Geneva’s history, let the kids run around in the public playgrounds or spread out a picnic blanket and soak up the summer sun.

Stroll down the wide, shady pathways of this popular park, which was once a botanical garden. It was founded in 1817 and its promenade features several monuments, fountains and statues. Today, it is very popular with students and is a great place to mingle with locals.

Bastions Park is sometimes known as Reformation Park for its striking Reformation Wall Monument. Visit this stone walkway and wall, a memorial to the founders of the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. The monument honors John Calvin and his contemporaries in dramatic statue form. Look out for the engraved name of Martin Luther, the man who sparked the Reformation in 1517.

Challenge a friend or some of the local enthusiasts to a game of chess on one of the life-sized chessboards located at the northern end of the park. 

Enjoy a meal under the park kiosk’s glass rotunda; it offers delicious dining options with panoramic views of the surrounding natural beauty. This charming building and its intricate roof pay tribute to Geneva’s traditional architectural style and is well worth a visit.

Bastions Park is located on the southern side of Lake Geneva and is just a short walk south of Geneva Old Town. Access the park via frequent bus or tram routes.


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Hotel N'vY ¥18,036
Hotel N'vY

Hotel N'vY

Rue de Richemont 18, Geneva, GE
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Valais, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Park Mon Repos, Ariana Ceramics and Glass Museum, and Jet d'Eau Fountain. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Flower Clock are also within 1 mi (2 km). Butini Tram Stop and Mole Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

    9HOTEL PAQUIS ¥17,837
    9HOTEL PAQUIS

    9HOTEL PAQUIS

    31 Rue De Berne, Geneva, GE
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Pâquis-Temple, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of The Library In English and Flower Clock. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Reformation Wall Monument are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cornavin Tram Stop and Geneva Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Hotel Royal ¥17,177
      Hotel Royal

      Hotel Royal

      Rue de Lausanne 41-43, Geneva
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Geneva, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Notre Dame Basilica, Saint-Pierre Cathedral, and Reformation Wall Monument. Bourg-de-Four Square and Jet d'Eau Fountain are also within 1 mi (2 km). Mole Tram Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Cornavin Tram Stop is 5 minutes.

        Warwick Geneva ¥16,043
        Warwick Geneva

        Warwick Geneva

        14 Rue De Lausanne, Geneva, GE
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Cornavin, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Notre Dame Basilica, Cité du Temps, and Rousseau Island. Paquis Baths is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) away. Cornavin Tram Stop and Geneva Station are within a 2-minute walk.

          Hotel Suisse ¥14,707
          Hotel Suisse

          Hotel Suisse

          10 Place Cornavin, Geneva, GE
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Notre Dame Basilica, Saint-Pierre Cathedral, and Reformation Wall Monument. Bourg-de-Four Square and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO) are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cornavin Tram Stop and Coutance Tram Stop are within a 5-minute walk.

            Hotel Bristol ¥24,747
            Hotel Bristol

            Hotel Bristol

            10, rue du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, GE
               
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mont Blanc Bridge and Flower Clock. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Bourg-de-Four Square are also within 15 minutes. Coutance Tram Stop is 5 minutes by foot and Cornavin Tram Stop is 7 minutes.

              Novotel Geneve Centre ¥17,197
              Novotel Geneve Centre

              Novotel Geneve Centre

              19 Rue De Zurich, Geneva, GE
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Geneva hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Paquis Baths, Saint-Pierre Cathedral, and Reformation Wall Monument. Jet d'Eau Fountain and Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MAMCO) are also within 1 mi (2 km). Mole Tram Stop is only a 4-minute walk and Cornavin Tram Stop is 6 minutes.

                The New Midi ¥14,145
                The New Midi

                The New Midi

                Quai de Bergues, Place Chevelu 4, Geneva, GE
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Saint-Gervais / des Grottes, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cité du Temps and Flower Clock. Saint-Pierre Cathedral and Reformation Wall Monument are also within 15 minutes. Coutance Tram Stop is 6 minutes by foot and Bel-Air Tram Stop is 6 minutes.